Solar Cooking – Coq au Vin

28 Jul

I had chicken in the freezer & bacon to use up. Checked out Solavore’s recipes for a chicken recipe. I found Coq au Vin. I basically had everything but the red wine. Cooked in 4.5 hrs. I did run into a rain cloud for about 10-15m & I doubled the recipe and filled both pots up with food to solar cook.

Find the recipe here: Coq au Vin

 

The meat just fell off the bone! It was yummy!

 

Solar Cooking – Zucchini Swiss Chard Fritatta

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Morning Friends! This morning I am going to make another frittata for breakfast in my Solavore Solar Sport Oven. I am so enjoying harvesting the suns energy to cook my family meals. I set my solar oven outside at about 8am to preheat with the reflectors, since it is early morning time and the rays are not very hot at the moment.

TIP when cooking with liquid: Yesterday when I made my first frittata I didn’t have the solar oven level, so when I checked on my dish it was all formed up on one side leaving a very thin layer of egg matter on its opposite side. So make sure you have your solar oven on a leveled surface.

 

Zucchini Swiss Chard Frittata

• 1-2 cups thinly sliced swiss chard

• 1 small zucchini sliced into thin rounds

• 1 medium chopped bell pepper

• 1/2 – 1 cup chopped scallions

• 1/4 – 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles

• 8 eggs

• Milk – optional

• Handful of minced herbs (I used oregano, dill & thyme)

• Coconut oil

• Salt & Pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

• Preheat your solar oven

• Sauté the bell peppers in a skillet, medium heat, with some coconut oil, until they start to brown.

• While the bell peppers are cooking, grease the inside of your dark 4 qrt. pot with coconut oil and layer the bottom with the sliced swiss chard.

• Cover the swiss chard with a layer of sliced zucchini rounds so you can no longer see the chard. Season with salt and pepper.

• Now add the sautéed bell peppers, scallions and minced herbs. Top off with the feta cheese crumbles.

• In a separate bowl blend your eggs together until well combined. You can add a little bit of milk if you desire. Pour over mixture.

• Season the top with salt & pepper.

• Cover with lid and place into your preheated solar oven for 1-2hrs.

ready to place in the solar oven

1hr and 45m later breakfast is ready!


 

Composting Egg Shells Tip

28 Jul

Here is an easy tip for composting egg shells. Egg shells compost better if they are broken up. Place your egg shells in a bag and then crush them. You might want to use a small plate to crush the shells. If using your hands and fingers be careful, you might get poked! Once crushed up transfer egg shells into the compost pile.

Solar Cooking: Banana Bread

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Tenaya wants to make banana bread in the solar oven, so we did. We followed the solarvore.com recipe for mango-banana bread. Didn’t have mango so we substituted 2 ripe bananas. Batter tasted great.

I SO LOVE THIS SOLAR OVEN!!!

• 1/2 cup coconut oil

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 egg (I used 2 med. eggs)

• 1tsp vanilla extract ( I used maple syrup)

• 2 bananas ripe

• 1 mango ripe ( I used 2 bananas)

• 2 cup flour

• 1 tbl baking powder

• 1 1/4 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tsp)

See full recipe instructions here:

Mango Banana Bread in Solavore Oven

Solar oven was preheated to 250 deg. Placed bread pans in and locked them up. its about 4 pm.

we have a slight wind that might be blowing the heat away from the oven. its staying at 225 deg. we are 45m into banking. the dough has rising twice its original size. its working!!! i put the reflectors on o see if i can keep it around 250 deg for the rest of the baking time.

2 hours later we have 2 fresh solar baked banana bread loaves! how cool is that!

Solar Cooking: Black Bean Burger Chili

27 Jul

So I’m looking into my freezer and notice I bag full of broken pieces. As I examine closer I figured out I smooshed a bag of black bean burger patties. 

I know I’ll make chili in my new solar oven.

Here are the ingredients I thru together. I didn’t measure anything but I will guess.

• 4-6 broken up black bean burgers

• 2 cans of diced tomatoes w/ juice

• 1 can of black beans w/ juice

• 1 onion chopped

• 1-2 tbl Worcestershire sauce

• 1 tsp chili powder

• palm full fresh minced oregano, basil & parsley

• salt & pepper to taste
Preheat solar oven for 15-20m.

Cook & break up black bean burgers in a skillet with a little bit of oil until unthawed.

Toss everything in a 4qrt black pot with lid and combine well.

Place pot In solar oven for 3-4hrs. Mine was done in 3.5hrs.

Solarvore Sport Solar Oven

27 Jul

I bought myself a solar oven for my birthday! I just made red pepper kale frittata for breakfast. Took 1hr and 25m in the solar oven. So cool.

I just put dinner in the solar oven. Black bean chili! Can’t wait! Will take 4-6 hrs. Solar oven cooks like your slow cooker but only cooler. No electricity, no propane only need the warmth of the sun = Free!

So awesome cooking for Free! 

2016 Garden – July

16 Jul

It’s been a hard road to get to this point in the garden. I am so happy I decided to do this. It has been so rewarding.

May 5, 2016

May 6, 2016

May 7, 2016

May 12, 2016

May 15, 2016

June 4, 2016

June 11, 2016

July 16, 2016. Celery.

Herb Bed: Stevia, Basil, Sage, Thyme, Cilantro, Oregano, Chives, Parsley

Eggplant

Corn, Peas & Beans

Swiss Chard

Strawberries & Lettuce

Zucchini

Napa Cabbage, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts

Hot & Sweet Peppers

Tomatoes, Carrots & Collards

Total of 13 Raised Beds! Had to use cement stakes to keep the beds down because the wind here is so harsh. If I couldn’t figure out wind shelter these plants would never survive.

Spaghetti Squash & Strawberries

Broccoli & Strawberries

Strawberries, Mint & Oregano

Great views from this little back porch.

Have some Kale hidden within these Marigolds.

Strawberries, Lavender & Mint

July 20, 2016. I have never seen the flower of an okra plant before. They are beautiful!

Its only been about 5 days and everything has grown a bunch. had to take some photos. This is the herb bed. July 21, 2016.

Eggplant

Corn, Peas & Beans

Swiss Chard

Strawberry & Lettuce

Zucs

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage

Hot & Sweet Bell Peppers

Collards, Tomatoes & Carrots

July 22, 2016. Finally trimmed up the Bok Choy & Napa Cabbage. Now for some neem spay to control the earwigs.

Got tons of Napa leaves from trimming. Going to make sauerkraut!

Lots of Bok Choy too. Im thinking a cabbage stirfry tonight!

Harvested my first head of lettuce today for lunch. planted some more in its place.

July 25, 2016 harvested 2 more head of lettuce. 😋

July 27, 2016. New addition: some cilantro, curly parsley, pepermint and more variety of tomatoes and bell peppers.

 

July 29, 2016: Harvest a small handful of strawberries today!

 

 

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